Sen. Anderson: Bills for 2024 Session

By Oregon State Senator Dick Anderson,

SALEM, Ore. – Today, Senator Dick Anderson (R-Lincoln City) announced the bills he has introduced in the 35-day legislative session. Each legislator may only introduce a total of 2 bills in a short session.

“It is critically important that we move the needle on housing production this session. That is why my focus will be on legislation aimed at removing barriers to the housing production process small communities may face – providing them with the tools needed to produce and increase more housing within their communities,” said Senator Anderson. “I am also calling on ODOT to come to the table and study a portion of U.S. Highway 101 to improve congestion and driver conditions that begin in Lincoln City and end in Coos Bay.”

SB 1563 – Directs the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to study a portion of U.S. Highway 101. ODOT’s assessment will be focused on U.S. Highway 101 beginning in Lincoln City and ending in Coos Bay. The assessment will determine if the traffic within the studied portion of U.S. Highway 101 is likely to aid in decreasing congestion, increasing safety, and provide recommendations on how to best relieve congestion, increase safety, and improve drivers’ conditions at those intersections.

SB 1564 – Requires the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) to develop three model ordinances or land use regulations for cities of different sizes to implement housing and urbanization requirements. One model must be targeted toward cities with a population of less than 5,000; one must be targeted toward cities with a population of 5,000 or greater and less than 25,000; and one must be targeted toward cities with a population of 25,000 or greater.

Senator Anderson is also co-chief sponsoring other bills addressing housing production and tackling the drug addiction crisis, two time-sensitive emergencies facing the state. A complete list can be found on OLIS.